Jackson EMC has activated its emergency restoration plan and, based on the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, is preparing for a major winter weather event that has the potential to create widespread power outages.
“The National Weather Service is advising at this point in time that we could see up to a .66 inch accumulation of ice from sleet and freezing rain on Wednesday, with sustained winds of 15-20 miles per hour and gusts of 25-30 miles per hour. Combined that will create a threat of downed power lines, as well as downed trees and tree limbs that fall on power lines,” said Jim Smith, vice president of engineering and operations.
Jackson EMC has called in assistance from 45 electric contractor crews, including crews from south Georgia, Missouri and Florida, to supplement the cooperative’s 34 line crews.
“We’ll be watching closely as this situation develops over this evening into tomorrow, and will begin responding to outages as soon as they’re report,” Smith said.
Smith noted that supplies have been checked, trucks stocked and gassed, and all cooperative employees ready should outages occur. “We’re as ready as we can be, now it’s just a matter of seeing what Mother Nature will throw at us. We are extremely concerned about the impact of this storm on our members and will work as fast as conditions and safety requirements will allow to restore power as quickly as possible.”
In the event of an outage, Jackson EMC customers may report outages from their PC or mobile device at the cooperative’s website, www.jacksonemc.com, or by calling 1-855-422-7600, and can track outages on the cooperative’s website Storm Center outage map. Also located in the Storm Center is information on how to prepare for a storm, electrical safety after the storm and generator safety.